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Governor Coopered Signs The Second Chance Act

Governor Coopered Signs The Second Chance Act
On June 25, 2020, Governor Cooper signed The Second Chance Act which makes various revisions to the expunction laws of North Carolina. Expunctions help people who committed crimes a long time ago to clear their records and improve their opportunities for jobs and housing.  Here are some important improvements the bill makes:

  • Provides automatic record clearing for charges dismissed or disposed of as "not guilty." 
  • Allows expunctions for people whose convictions are treated as juvenile offenses under Raise the Age.
  • Expands eligibility for expunctions for people who have been convicted of multiple nonviolent misdemeanors.